Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:22am

Addressing the low numbers of women choosing to study STEM fields and particularly in areas related to software and information technology is the focus of a documentary screening tomorrow, March 22, at the Special Collections Library:

This documentary (rated PG-13) exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?
 

The screening will be in the auditorium of the UGA Special Collections Library. 

 

As the film highlights, large numbers of jobs will be in software-related fields in the future and a low percentage of them will be held by women. Too low, in fact. Why is this important? It's an urgent topic and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion that includes women working, studying and teaching in these fields right now.

Panelists include Marilyn Cole, Senior Software Engineer for Seller Labs, Kim Kirby, CEO Young Athenians, Ashley Huynh, UGA Computer Science student, and Manijeh Keshtgari, a lecturer in the department of Computer Science.

5:30 - 6:30 Networking Mixer with refreshments from Home.made
6:30 - 6:35 Five-minute introduction and recognition of our sponsors
6:35 - 8:05 Movie Screening
8:05 - 8:30 Panel Discussion. 

The entire evening is free and open ot the public. Kudos to the Franklin College Office of Information Technology and our web services team for spearheading this important event, as well as to its many campus sponsors.